We want to keep you informed in relation to some of the partnership's work and hope you find this both informative and useful. This complements our bi-monthly newsletter which will continue to provide a more in depth look at our priority areas.
Coming up in this Issue........................
Safer People Safer Places - Safer Communities Board Annual Consultation and Engagement Event Thursday 29th June 2017.
Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading
East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) Charter update.
Update from the District & Borough Community Safety Partnerships
Safer Hastings Partnership - Public Space Protection Order Update.
Update from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner - Modern Slavery Conference
Other News Sussex Police - Operational Delivery Plan 2017/18
Other Useful Resources Prevent- Workshop to raise awareness of Prevent.
O2 Net Aware - Your guide to the social networks your children use.
999 Weekend 2017 - Emergency Services Display.
Safer People Safer Places (#2017SPSP) - Safer Communities Board Annual Consultation and Engagement Event Thursday 29th June 2017
Councillor Bill Bentley (pictured left), Lead Member for Communities and Safety opened the event which focussed upon current Safer Communities priorities and asked attendees if we can add more value to our existing work streams and whether we are targeting the right groups of people. A survey captured the views to ensure we are on the right track. Analysis of the consultation is already underway and will be shared in due course. The event also included showcase presentations demonstrating current exemplary community safety projects:
By the end of June 2017, forty seven organisations had signed up to the East Sussex Against Scams Partnership (ESASP) Charter, showing their support and willingness to take a stand against scams through helping raise a heightened awareness about the different types of scams affecting local residents and how to potentially spot a victim, who may not even be aware they are being targeted by criminals. As the project develops, Charter Partners will feedback details of initiatives they are undertaking as part of their pledge to help reduce the impact of scams upon people living in East Sussex. Several meetings with different Charter Partners were held during June, looking at different ways the ESASP could support their work through sharing key messages relating to scams with their staff and members. Many of the Charter Partners will be contributing to July’s Scams Awareness Month, the national campaign being run by Citizens Advice.
One particularly successful awareness raising event about the project was held on 14 June in Peacehaven. The Meridian Mature Citizens Forum working in partnership with Know Dementia held an information event run to celebrate Carers Week. Several organisations signed up to the Charter after hearing about the initiative. Also present were East Sussex Trading Standards and Sussex Police who gave scams prevention-related advice to carers of people living with dementia, signposting them where to go if, unfortunately, they had been victims, emphasising the message that scams are fraud, and fraud is a crime which should be reported.
Some useful contact numbers can be found below:
Update from the District and Borough Community Safety Partnerships
Safer Hastings Partnership
The Safer Hastings Partnership (SHP) and the trial merger with Safer Rother Partnership continues to develop a range of initiatives, and foster improving relations between the constituent partner agencies set up to tackle crime, disorder and fear.
The Hastings Public Space Protection Order, www.hastings.gov.uk/pspo, has taken considerable time to implement. It went live on the 12th June 2017. It bans the public consumption of alcohol and any drug use/abuse in central Hastings, central St Leonards-on-sea and in George Street Hastings Old Town. Aggressive begging and reducing antisocial behaviour are also included. Provisional indications are that the street community related antisocial behaviour is reduced, although not removed across parts of the area affected, some displacement of issues is expected.
Support agencies continue in Hastings and continue to work out enhanced coordination when faced with members of the street community dealing with all their needs from mental health and addictions to financial advice and socialising.
SHP attended the #2017SPSP event promoting all the excellent community safety work going on across the county.
The Safer Hastings & Safer Rother Partnerships are meeting again in late September to discuss developments local to the area, including coordinating funding streams. If you wish to raise any local community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact the SHP on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit its website www.saferhastings.co.uk
Update from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
Modern slavery conference
The south east is the first region in the country to come together to fight this cruel and callous crime collectively. Katy Bourne alongside her counterparts for Hampshire, Surrey and Thames Valley supported the event.
Guests at the event heard from Kevin Hyland OBE, the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, that modern slavery is the fastest-growing crime type globally, affecting almost 46 million people and generating an estimated US$150bn a year for organised criminal gangs.
The most common purpose of trafficking is forced labour in industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality and car washes. A significant proportion of women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Many people, mostly women and girls, end up in domestic slavery; others – especially children – are being forced into criminal activities such as cannabis production, petty theft or begging.
The Home Office estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of slavery in the UK, including victims trafficked into the UK as well as British adults and children. Official statistics show there were just over 3,800 recorded victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2016, an increase of 17% on the previous year.
This operational delivery plan is the first to directly support the new 2017/21 Police & Crime Plan, it sets out how Sussex Police will deliver operational policing in Sussex – against the objectives and budget set by the Sussex PCC – taking account of regional and national responsibilities and the needs of all communities.
Please click on the image below to read the plan in full.
Your guide to the social networks your children use so you can stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world
The purpose of the guide is to provide parents with the information they need to understand their child's online world and help them keep their children safe online.
The NSPCC encourage you to explore what other parents and children are saying about the sites, and form your own views about the appropriateness of popular sites.
Net Aware will help give you the confidence to have balanced and informed conversations about what your children are doing online.
8-9 July 2017; Eastbourne 999 Weekend 2017
Our current priorities for 2017-20
Vulnerable victims of fraud and rogue trading associated with Serious Organised Crime Serious Organised Crime: Cyber crime Vulnerable Young People being exploited and recruited by Organised Crime Groups Serious Organised Crime: Modern Slavery
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